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  • November 14, 2017 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New 2017 AIA Contracts Released

    Every 10 years, AIA Contract Documents are reviewed and updated based on industry trends and important court decisions. Learn more and download samples of the 2017 owner/contractor agreements.


  • November 08, 2017 8:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • November 07, 2017 8:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Ohio is pleased to announce the recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Lifetime Achievement:  Kurt Schmitt of Dublin, Ohio.

    “Kurt has been a strong advocate for AGC and Ohio’s construction industry,” says Rich Hobbs, AGC of Ohio Executive Vice President. “His head-on approach to challenging situations and willingness to take on complicated issues has benefited contractors in Ohio and nationwide.”

    Schmitt, chairman of Lincoln Construction in Columbus, has been involved in AGC of Ohio for 35 years. He is a past president of the association, and was chair of its Legislative Committee Chair for many years.  He also served over 15 years as the contractor member on the Ohio Board of Building Standards. His company was one of the first to sponsor a scholarship for students pursuing construction careers under the auspices of the AGC of Ohio Education Foundation.

    Nationally, Schmitt has participated in several AGC of America committees and has been engaged on Congressional legislative efforts.  For many years he served on the national association’s Board of Directors, including a term on its Executive Committee.  He is now considered an AGC of America Lifetime Director. 

    Locally, Kurt is a past president and active member of Central Ohio AGC. He is also a construction arbitrator and member of the American Arbitration Association.

    Schmitt was presented the Pinnacle Award on the evening of November 3 during AGC of Ohio’s 26th annual Build Ohio Celebration at the Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center.  When describing the award, Hobbs says: “The Pinnacle Award honors those that have played an instrumental role in AGC of Ohio, even after holding a direct leadership position. Kurt was president of AGC of Ohio in 1990, and continues to remain actively involved in the association. He regularly attends meetings and is quick to provide feedback on legislative issues.”

    According to Hobbs, “the Pinnacle Award is not something AGC gives freely. It takes special person to remain dedicated to an organization after the accolades that come with a high-profile position subside.” Schmitt is only the fourth person to receive the award since its creation in 2006. 

  • November 07, 2017 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Mosser Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that it was one of the winners of the prestigious AGC of Ohio 2017 Build Ohio Awards. Mosser was honored in the Renovation category for the University Hall Renovation Project at Bowling Green State University.

    Mosser received its bronze and marble Build Ohio Award during the 26th annual Build Ohio Celebration on November 3, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

    The Associated General Contractors of Ohio hosts Build Ohio annually to celebrate the commercial construction industry and recognize contractors for excellence in construction. Build Ohio winners are selected by a panel of retired construction professionals on the following criteria: excellence in customer service, meeting the challenge of a difficult job, excellence in project management, and innovations in construction techniques and materials.
    University Hall was the first building to open on Bowling Green State University’s campus in 1915. Housing the President’s office, all administrative functions, classrooms, a theater over a gymnasium and more, the iconic building endured extensive use as well as eight substantial renovation projects over the next century.

    Mosser Construction was selected to improve on University Hall’s original splendor and transform it into a key recruiting tool for today’s admissions efforts.
    Surprises greeted Mosser behind and within every wall. Archways and doorways were created, requiring methodical demolition to preserve the original 100-year old bricks which Mosser re-used to infill existing openings which were no longer needed. The original two-story theater and gymnasium was demolished and the area now features four floors and houses the largest single-elevation classroom on campus. The grand marble stairway in the main entryway was refurbished and the space transformed into a more open, welcoming area which features old-world plastering and finishing techniques to enhance the existing iconic essence of the building.

    “It is always an honor to receive an award, especially one that is voted on by your peers. I want to thank BGSU, all of our employees and the contractors who worked with us on this project that made it such a success,” said Charles Moyer, President and CEO of Mosser Construction, Inc.

    Building with integrity since 1948, Mosser Construction, Inc. is one of Ohio’s premier construction companies specializing in commercial, industrial, educational, healthcare, water treatment plants, and highway and bridge construction.

  • November 03, 2017 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kokosing, Inc. is pleased to accept the Workforce Development Innovation Award from the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA). 

    Kokosing was presented with the runner-up award during OEDA’s Annual Excellence Awards at its 2017 Annual Summit held at the Columbus Renaissance Downtown on October 19.

    The Annual Excellence Awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations in the areas of economic and workforce development throughout Ohio. More specifically, OEDA looks for unique approaches to any aspect of workforce development and recognizes innovative practices and programs. Kokosing’s strategy aims to provide direction, guidance and motivation for today’s workforce.

     

    Skilled labor shortage is a very real challenge in the construction industry. According to a report issued by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors Association of America, 70% of contractors have a hard time finding qualified craft workers to hire amid growing construction demand. Kokosing is taking proactive steps to build Ohio’s future construction workforce through education, exposure and experience. 

     

    Kokosing workforce development team members work with a wide array of groups from school boards and superintendents to veterans’ organizations and church groups to ensure the future workforce is aware of all options and opportunities available in the industry. 

     

    The team also places a special emphasis on getting involved early in the education process, and continuing students’ interest as they grow and gain insight. Several of Kokosing facilities offer various valuable experiences, from introductory tours to four-year apprenticeships.

     

    (L-R) Chris Schmenk, Of Counsel, Bricker & Eckler, Savanna Miller, Kokosing Marketing Coordinator, Ericka Brause, Kokosing Communications Coordinator, Scott Erick, Kokosing Vice President Human Resources, Mark Osborn, Kokosing Corporate Field Workforce Manager and Dan Evers, OEDA President.

     

     

    About Kokosing Inc.

    Headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, Kokosing is one of the largest family-owned construction companies in the Midwest. Kokosing’s primary business lines include industrial, transportation, buildings, pipelines, environmental and marine work.  Additionally, Kokosing owns construction material supply companies. Known for unwavering integrity and exceptional safety and quality, Kokosing’s companies provide extensive resources for its customers.

     


  • November 03, 2017 9:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Overmyer Hall Associates voted Best Insurance Brokerage by Columbus CEO! We're honored to have received this award in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Thank you Columbus!!! http://ow.ly/6Hm230gh0ID


  • October 30, 2017 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP is proud to announce that nationally recognized
    construction attorneys Andrew J. Natale and Aaron S. Evenchik have joined the firm’s Construction Team effective November 1, 2017. Both Natale and Evenchik’s practices are devoted to construction and they represent general contractors, design/builders, subcontractors, developers, owners, specialty trades, suppliers, manufacturers, lenders and design professionals in all aspects of construction law.

    Natale has achieved the highest ranking – Band 1 – in Construction Law in Ohio by Chambers USA® and has been named the 2017 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction in Cleveland. Natale has served as the Chair of Frantz Ward LLP’s Construction Practice Group and was a Founding Partner of that firm. Evenchik also joins Hahn Loeser from Frantz Ward, where he focused his practice on construction and real estate law focusing both on transactional law and litigation. Evenchik was named as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers (2013 – 2016). 

    Rob Remington, Co-Chair of Hahn Loeser’s Litigation Practice and Chair of Hahn Loeser’s Construction Law practice, stated “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Andy and Aaron to our construction team. They are first-rate
    attorneys with extensive experience in the industry and have built a national reputation for their work with construction clients. As we continue to grow our Construction practice, Andy and Aaron offer us significant additional depth.”

    Hahn Loeser’s highly respected Construction Law Practice is currently comprised of more than 20 experienced attorneys who provide counsel in nearly every area of law impacting the construction law industry.

    Natale received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1989 and his B.A. from the University of Dayton in 1986. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Forum on Construction Industry-Panel Member; a member of the Construction Employer’s Association; a member of the Ohio Contractors Association;  a member of the Associated General Contractors of Ohio Contractors; and a member of the Surety Association of Ohio.

    Evenchik received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2001 and his B.S. from The Ohio State University in Civil Engineering in 1998. Evenchik is Chairman of the Developers Council of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland.


    About Hahn Loeser
    Hahn Loeser provides the full spectrum of legal services in one firm. With six offices and more than 100 attorneys, we represent Fortune 500 corporations, privately-held businesses, non-profit institutions, governmental entities and individuals across the country and around the world. Our attorneys have been recognized for their commitment to client service and their dedication to providing our clients with strategic solutions that help them attain their business
    objectives and achieve results.


  • October 09, 2017 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gilbane Building Company is pleased to welcome David Williams as a project executive in our Columbus office. Mr. Williams brings a solid reputation in the healthcare market and over 20 years of leadership experience while building complex healthcare projects.

    Mr. Williams has led projects ranging from renovations within operational healthcare facilities to the construction of freestanding hospitals and medical office buildings. In his role as project executive, David will leverage his significant healthcare experience and his track record of successful programs to support Gilbane’s continued growth in Ohio.

    “We are very pleased to have David Williams join the Gilbane family as a project executive with a specific focus on growing our presence in the regional healthcare market,” said Brett Meyer, Vice President at Gilbane Building Company. “David brings unique lessons learned and best practices from his previous client based healthcare experience, which will further bolster our strategic commitment to the Ohio healthcare market.”

    Mr. Williams is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors and a past board member of their Dallas chapter.

    About Gilbane Building Company
    Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com. Gilbane has been providing construction management services in Ohio since 1959.

  • September 15, 2017 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Messer Construction Co., the largest general contractor in Greater Cincinnati, has moved into its new headquarters in the West End.

    Tom Keckeis, CEO of Messer, said the new space, an investment of about $14 million, has the look and feel the company wanted when it decided it needed to move.

    “We wanted to make it feel like a construction company,” Keckeis told me as we sat in the Cincinnati room, one of nine conference rooms named after the cities Messer has offices in. “It feels like what we’re all about.”

    To get a look inside the company’s headquarters, click on the images above.

    The main goals for the new building were to get all of Messer’s corporate employees under one roof, create collaborative space, and an exciting environment for recruiting new employees, without going overboard.

    The 50,000-square-foot building, located at 643 W. Court St., has room for at least 165 employees. In addition to some existing additional space, the building was designed to be expanded by another 25,000 square feet.

    Keckeis said the building, which Messer is referring to as its “Corporate Support Office,” is designed to handle the company’s next 15 years of growth. Employees moved into the building this week from its former headquarters at 5158 Fishwick Drive in Bond Hill.

    BHDP Architecture designed Messer's new space. Barry Bayer, client leader with BHDP, and Tom Arends, design leader with BHDP, said during their work with Messer they knew they wanted to play up concrete in the building.

    Bayer said one of the things he was told by Messer was “we pour concrete every day.”

    That can be seen in everything from the exposed concrete ceilings and columns to the polished concrete floors and even the reception desk that is made out of concrete.

    Messer self-performed about 35 percent of the work with its own trades people. The company also surpassed its inclusion goal for the project. Messer had committed to a 30 percent spend with certified minority- and women-owned businesses. The final spend was close to 34 percent. The building also is aiming for LEED Gold certification.

    In January 2015, Messer announced it was searching for a new headquarters, having outgrown its space in Bond Hill. In May 2016, the company finally selected a site just outside the central business district.

    The location, just a few blocks west of Cincinnati City Hall, was attractive because it is close to the central business district, Over-the-Rhine and has easy highway access and visibility.

    “We’re at the leading edge of redevelopment in the West End,” Keckeis told me. “We hope the West End continues to redevelop.”

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